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The partners in the project in Sanshui New Town — which will be Nickelodeon’s first branded attraction in China and is estimated to cost $1.85 billion (RMB11.9 billion) — are the Sanshui New Town Management Committee and Elite Global.
The attraction, which the partners also called a theme park in one reference in their Monday announcement, is set to be part of the Foshan Cultural and Ecological Coastal Project, which is set to bring cultural and other sectors, including tourism, sports, science and technology, to the city.
“We are thrilled we will develop our first branded attraction in China, which will open up further opportunities for our recreation business in Asia,” said Ron Johnson, executive vp, Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products. “We look forward to working with Elite Global Group and Foshan to create a series of branded attractions that will appeal to kids and families across China, enabling them to connect with some of the most beloved Nickelodeon characters in the world, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
The partners said they plan to include in their development a China Cultural Creativity Base “committed to incorporating Chinese culture, stories and values into world-level works,” a China Cultural Product & Derivative Exchange and energy-efficient buildings.
Nickelodeon’s attractions and theme parks outside the U.S. include Nickelodeon Land at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in the U.K., Nickland at Movie Park Germany and Nickelodeon Land at Parque de Atracciones Madrid in Spain.
Several entertainment industry giants have previously unveiled plans for Chinese theme parks. Walt Disney is opening Shanghai Disneyland in 2016, and NBCUniversal is looking to open a Beijing park in 2019.
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